Thematic Fund Civil Society Participation Romania

Projet terminé

The Thematic Fund linked to Civil Society Participation in Romania has the purpose to promote the contribution of civil society organizations as important actors in development and participation. This is to be achieved through Swiss-Romanian projects in the environment sector and through an NGO-Block Grant to support a number of smaller projects of Romanian NGOs in environment and social areas.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Favoriser la croissance économique et améliorer les conditions de travail
Protéger l’environnement
Renforcer la société civile
Organisations non gouvernementales
01.07.2011 - 30.11.2019
CHF 16'800'000

The NGOs represent 49% of the accredited suppliers of social services (e.g. home care) in Romania. Despite these figures the civil sector continues to be weak, having still limited advocacy capacity. After Romania joined the EU, the traditional international donors as USAID, DFID, SIDA and SDC phased out their support. The recent economic crisis worsened the financial basis of the nongovernmental sector. The access to the structural instruments is still very difficult for them. The EEA (European Economic Area) Financial Mechanism funded an NGO Fund that came at the right moment and had a good impact on the sector but could respond to a limited part of the NGOs sector needs only.


The objective of the Thematic Fund „Civil Society Participation“ is the promotion of the contribution of civil society organizations as important actors in development and participation. Capacity building in project planning, monitoring and implementation is an objective of its own so that:

  • the Swiss supported projects shall be implemented in timely manner and with high qualitative standards
  • capacities built with Swiss support may be used to implement projects financed through other financial sources
Groupes cibles

The civil society of Romania in general, the NGOs and the vulnerable population in particular.

  • A portfolio of pre-defined projects in the field of environment already retained in the Framework Agreement
  • A financial provision which allows to flexibly finance additional projects that will be presented during the implementation of the Thematic Fund “Civil Society”
  • A Block Grant for the financing of small activities of the civil society/NGOs
  • A managing and capacity building body (Swiss Intermediate Body) which guarantees the good use of funds, the link to Swiss partners and the sustainability of the Swiss support activities

Résultats obtenus:  

  • 94 projects aiming at strengthening Romanian NGOs and enabling their active participation in policy processes have been implemented. NGOs were promoted as the voice of civil society and as service provider in the field of environment, social services and strengthening organisational capacities.
  • 5 retained activities (Rural Development, Natura 2000, Carpathian Wilderness, Sustainable Agricultural Models, Sustainable Forest Management).
  • The civil society organisations contributed as important actors in development processes in Romania.
  • More than 260’000 people benefitted directly from activities on Social Component (participation in trainings, information sessions, field activities, awareness raising and information campaigns).
  • More than 2’000’000 people were informed about the project activities and environmental problems and approx. 45’800 persons benefitted directly from the 30 projects on Environmental Component (participation in trainings, field and conservation activities, and environmental education).


Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Contribution suisse à l'UE élargie
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Secteur privé
  • Secteur privé suisse
  • KEK-CDC Consultants/Zurich

Autres partenaires

Intermediary Body: KEK-CDC Consultants/Zurich in Consortium with 2 local partners; Executing Agency: Various Romanian NGOs

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   16'800'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   16'703'044
Phases du projet

Phase 1 01.07.2011 - 30.11.2019   (Completed)